Beyond the Border 2018

9/10 JUNE: BTB's 25th Birthday Barnstormer at St Donats!


Beyond The Border returns to St Donats Castle for a 2-day Birthday Barnstormer celebrating 25 years of the very best international performance storytelling.

Storming The Barn!!

The 25th Birthday Barnstormer will be a very special event, with limited ticket numbers and performances centred around The Castle, The Blue Garden, the new Moondance Hall, and of course the medieval Tythe Barn.

Taking part in BTB2018 will be some of the finest musicians and storytellers from Wales and the World, including Sweden, Finland, Italy, India, Belgium, Norway and Palestine….

Expect fables and myths, music and magic, love stories and laughter, fun and games for children and fairy tales for grown-ups, all in the beautiful grounds of our castle by the sea.

As part of the Birthday Barnstormer celebrations, we will also be celebrating Visit Wales’ 2018 Year of the Sea. Our programme will include Stories of The Sea, from Pirate Tales to Viking Myths to stories of Migration across The Mediterranean. Plus stories of ancient times to modern stories. We also have some special guests performing stories from the Mabinogion.

Artists already confirmed include author JOANNE HARRIS (Rune, Chocolat), ROBIN WILLIAMSON (Incredible String Band) , Classical Indian Sufi singer SMITA BELLUR,  award-winning storytellers HUGH LUPTON & DANIEL MORDEN (Classical Association Award), author and storyteller SALLY POMME CLAYTON, BEN HAGGARTY (Crick Crack Club), PAOLA BALBI (Italy) MARKUS LUUKONEN (Finland) TORGRIM MELLUM STENE (Norway), JOE BAELE, TOM VAN OUTRYVE (Belgium), CATH LITTLE, TAMAR WILLIAMS, MICHAEL HARVEY, GUTO DAFIS and more, many more ….

BTB 2018 Festival Programme [14Mb]

Programme will be available to buy at the festival for £2

BTB 2018 Festival Map

“Beyond The Border – its joy and spirit is everything that story can be about”
- The Times

Looking back, looking forward....

As well as celebrating the past 25 years, BTB's Birthday Barnstormer also sees the launch of a brand new partnership with Atlantic College, landlords of St Donats Castle.

Moving BTB to June gives the College's international students the chance to be involved in BTB like never before. This will help us grow a whole new young international storytelling audience, taking us forward into the next 25 years of world-class storytelling......  

And we're already planning the next BTB Festival, for June 2019. Find out more when you come to our 2018 Birthday Barnstormer.... 

“If you’re looking for a family festival that’s full of heart, Beyond the Border is the one for you.” - Audience member, BtB 2016

Where to stay

Although Camping is not on-site this year, it is available at nearby campsites, including Llandow Caravan and Camping Site  just 2.8 miles away. (NB Heritage Coast Campsite and Acorn Camping both now fully booked) 

And there is a variety of  B&Bs and hotels in the beautiful surrounding countryside of The Vale of Glamorgan.  

Visit this page for more accommodation ideas.

Also including

  • World Food stalls
  • Craft Market
  • Open mic stages


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